This is discretionary and may be available to help meet the cost of adaptations that do not meet the criteria for a mandatory disabled facilities grant. It could also be offered to help meet the cost of moving to a more suitable home where the adaptations of the existing dwelling cannot be considered appropriate.
This grant is means tested and is based on the disabled person’s financial circumstances. Conditions of future occupation do apply and repayment may be demanded in the event of the conditions being breached.
Grant Conditions: Disabled Facilities Grants Mandatory
The general conditions requiring repayment of the grant in the event of a breach of occupation, breach of letting requirements or the disposal of the dwelling do not apply in respect of Mandatory Disabled Facilities Grants.
Grant Conditions: Discretionary Disabled Facilities Grants
It is a condition that if the property/dwelling ceases to be occupied in accordance with the certificate of future occupation submitted at the time of application the discretionary grant becomes repayable to the issuing authority.
A Discretionary Grant up to a maximum of £15000 may be considered to allow the >client to move to a more suitable property. £5000 will be available towards removal expenses with £10000 towards the cost of the adaptation works.
It is a condition that if an owner/s of the premises to which the application relates makes a relevant disposal the discretionary grant becomes repayable to the issuing authority by the recipient or owner of the property for the time being. The conditions apply for an indefinite period.
Such conditions will be registered against the dwelling in the land charges register.
Repayment Conditions and Mechanisms
It should be noted that the requirement to repay the grant can be challenged by the person/party responsible for making the repayment. Representations should be made to the Head of Environment and Housing and or other delegated Officer who will determine the outcome of the appeal.
Any representation requesting full or partial waiving of the charge must be received by the Council within 21 days of the date of the notice to repay being issued.
Who Can Apply
Owner-occupiers or landlords acting on the behalf of a disabled person may make an application. Certain tenants may also make an application.
Last Updated on Monday, January 21, 2019